Mirande

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Mirande

Mirande Gers Mairie jnl 7.jpg
Mirande Town Hall
Coat of arms of Mirande
Coat of arms
Mirande is located in France
Mirande
Administration
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Gers
Arrondissement Mirande
Canton Mirande
Intercommunality Cœur d'Astarac en Gascogne
Mayor Pierre Beaudran
(2014-2020)
Statistics
Elevation 139–268 m (456–879 ft)
(avg. 170 m/560 ft)
Land area1 23.42 km2 (9.04 sq mi)
Population2 3,667  (2011)
 - Density 157 /km2 (410 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 32256/ 32300
Website www.mirande.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 43°31′N 0°24′E / 43.52°N 0.4°E / 43.52; 0.4

Mirande (Occitan: Miranda) is a commune in the Gers department, of which it is a subprefecture, in the Midi-Pyrénées region, southwestern France. It is the administrative center of the arrondissement of Mirande and of the canton Mirande.

History[change | change source]

Mirande was founded in 1281 near the village of Saint-Jean de Lezian by the abbot Berdoues and by Bernhard IV, Count of Astarac. The town was built as a bastide (a fortified town). Miranda became, in 1297, the capital of the County of Astarac.[1]

Mirande was surrounded by a wall with four city gates; the wall was destroyed during the 19th century.

Since 17 February 1800, Mirande is the capital of the arrondissement of Mirande.

Geography[change | change source]

Mirande is a commune found along the Baïse river in the Astarac, a natural region that is part of Gascony.

The commune has an area of 23.42 km2 (9.04 sq mi) and its average altitude is 170 m (560 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 163 m (535 ft).[2]

Mirande is at 20 km (12 mi) from Auch, 100 km (62 mi) from Toulouse, 45 km (28 mi) from Tarbes and 80 km (50 mi) from Lourdes.

Map of the commune de Mirande

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of Mirande, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.[3]

Population[change | change source]

With a population of 3,667,[4] Mirande has a population density is of 157 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Mirande are known, in French, as Mirandais (women: Mirandaises).[5]

Gallery[change | change source]

Sister cities[change | change source]

Mirande is twinned with:[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The foundation of Mirande". Mirande, Office of Tourism. http://www.ot-mirande.com/foundation.php. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  2. "Mirande". Map-France.com. http://www.map-france.com/Mirande-32300/. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  3. "Ville de Mirande" (in French). Annuaire-Mairie.fr. http://www.annuaire-mairie.fr/ville-mirande.html. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  4. "Populations légales en vigueur à compter du 1er janvier 2014: Gers" (in French) (pdf). Populations légales 2011 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. http://www.insee.fr/fr/ppp/bases-de-donnees/recensement/populations-legales/pages2013/pdf/dep32.pdf. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  5. "Mirande (32300)" (in French). habitants.fr. http://www.habitants.fr/habitants_mirande_32256.html. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  6. "Mirande est jumelée avec ...". Ville de Mirande. http://www.mirande.fr/. Retrieved 24 June 2014.

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